Ellis Genge was talismanic and Courtney Lawes was a brilliant captain, but Danny Care and Joe Cokanasiga struggled Down Under: Who shone and who had a tour to forget for England in Australia
- England sealed a historic series win over Australia with a 21-17 victory in Sydney
- Some players proved themselves to be vital parts of Eddie Jones’ future plans
- However, others will have hoped for better fortunes ahead of the autumn tests
England sealed a 2-1 series win over Australia with a narrow 21-17 win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday after tries from Freddie Steward and Marcus Smith.
Whilst it was a positive result for Eddie Jones‘ side, coming six years after their only previous series win Down Under, there is definitely room for improvement across the board ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Sportsmail has found three players who proved themselves in Australia during the series, and three who would have hoped for better fortunes in a bid to prove themselves for the autumn tests, and France 2023.
England earned a heroic 2-1 series victory over rivals Australia by winning the final Sydney Test
Ellis Genge was one of the shining lights as England secured a narrow victory over Australia
THREE WHO SHONE
The prop was a talismanic figure; seizing on a perceived slight by rival Taniela Tupou to batter the Wallabies. His carrying was remarkable. In Brisbane, he smashed through home captain Michael Hooper and in Sydney he tossed aside heavyweight centre Samu Kerevi.
As captain, has done so much to establish a strong spirit in the ranks and as a player his feats were heroic. He was immense when his team needed him most.
The Leicester full-back is still an international novice, but he has the look of a man who is at ease. Commanding in the air, assertive as a runner, reliable and tenacious in defence – he is set to be a fixture in the national team.
Freddie Steward scored one of England’s tries in the decisive 21-17 win over Australia in Sydney
THREE WHO FADED
A demoralising experience for the veteran who had played so well for so long to justify a Test recall. His return to the starting XV in the third Test was a stuttering ordeal which lasted just 37 minutes.
The centre is a newcomer finding his way, but the initial signs were not promising. He unravelled defensively on Saturday – missing a number of tackles to gift Australia space and momentum.
Bath’s giant wing was picked to start the series opener in the hope that his physicality would give the tourists vital X-factor out wide. But he is still rebuilding his game and was dropped after having little impact.
Joe Cokanasiga played in the opening test, but was dropped after failing to impress in Perth